I've been contemplating a bit on these two types of endings, depressing and happy, in horror movies. Or rather, I've been thinking about the tendancy some people seem to have have; to think of happy endings as inferior. And that if one must decide between the two types, a depressing ending is the "better" choice. (I am refering only to horror films here). I've seen this come up time and time again, especially on this forum. It's not that people flat out proclaim that a depressing ending is always better, but sometimes I get that feeling. I'm constantly seeing comments like "that ending was great because everybody died" or "I didn't like how it ended because too many people lived ..." Or whatever. Example: I watched 28 Days Later yesterday, a film I really love. I went to search the forums for discussions on the film and found that a lot of people disagreed about the ending ... Spoiler Some felt that the "they all survive" ending was lame and that it should have ended with a) Jim dying or b) everybody dying, which is what happens in the alternative ending and storyboard ending on the DVD. I completely disagree. For one, if Jim had died it would have rendered void the underlying theme of male/female survival instinct (wherein Selena, the hunter for most part of the film, gives up her weapon to Jim when he accepts his "formal" role as hunter in the end - not my opinion, it's right there in the film!), and it also would have nullified the sense of hope the film had been building up since the beginning. It would have turned the film into a huge, depressing downer. Without spoiling any particular movie, I just want to discuss this happy/depressing thing a bit. In my opinion, the ending should be just as the film requires it to be. If it is the film's natural progression to be depressing, then so be it. If it is not, I see no reason for it to be other than happy. However, I kinda get the feeling more and more horror film fans want their horror to end badly rather than the other way (which in itself is understandable, because happy endings in horror films diffuse the (hopefully) achieved effect of disturbing us). But sometimes I think depressing endings undermine what has already been built up. A lot of great horror films have hopeful endings. So ... discuss!